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WBC interim lightweight champion Joel Casamayor, whom many including Fightnews.com rank as the world's #1 135-pounder, announced today he is willing to move up in weight and challenge IBO 140-pound champion Ricky Hatton or Floyd Mayweather. "I have waited patiently for all these so-called lightweight 'champions' to fight me," says Casamayor. "I challenged Juan Diaz at the Freitas fight, but he is hiding behind his promoter's skirt. I'm running out of patience waiting for this boy to grow into a man. Ricky Hatton says he wants big fights. I'll give up the weight and fight him. Floyd Mayweather says he wants big fights. I'll give up the weight and fight him – at any weight."


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"I respect Hatton, I respect Mayweather," says Casamayor. "I believe they are men, that they will fight. These other boys, these phony champions, they hide behind their managers and promoters and duck me. Since when does a true world champion have to chase his challengers? These other lightweights who have belts, they should be ashamed to call themselves champions." Casamayor is currently mandated to fight the winner of the Aug. 4 Erik Morales-David Diaz match. Casamayor says he will fight either man, but added there is no guarantee that the winner will simply duck him, as others have since his October win over Corrales. "I will fight anyone," emphasized Casamayor. "I gave up five pounds and beat Corrales. I'll do the same with Hatton. I'll give up any weight for Mayweather – let him name it. I am not going to go away. I'm a real fighter – a real champion – and I know someone will accept this challenge."
 

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hatton wont fall into the JT trap of fighting smaller guys, castillo then casa would be just that.

also, casa is undeserving of the mayweather fight!
 

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casa is stating juan diaz wants no part of him....hmmmm....didnt diaz call him out straight after he fought popo?
 

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casamyor would beat diaz, he would find a way, he is one of the most underrated fighters in the game. I would love to see casamyor vs hatton, at least hatton would be fighting the best at 135, you couldnt dawg him for that,1 rign champion vs another. it would be another p4p fight. IM liking all these fights that boxing is starting to make, we dont even need the heavy's anymore.
 
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